Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan confirmed the release of first year funding of over €220,000 for the establishment of a dedicated community based alcohol service in Galway city. The service will be a partnership initiative between Galway University Hospital Emergency Department and HSE addiction services. An alcohol liaison nurse liaising between both services will be accompanied by HSE staff clinicians with appropriate clinical qualifications.
Over 7,500 cases were treated for problem alcohol use in 2019, according to the Health Research Board 2019 ‘National Treatment Data for problem alcohol use.
All publicly funded drug and alcohol services are required to report treatment to the system.